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James Thompson

James Thompson

Monday, 09 June 2014 16:03

Production Hub

Wednesday, 24 July 2013 09:34

L.A. Hosts AFCI Locations Show

logoThe Association of Film Commissioners International (AFCI) recently held their annual Locations Show at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Film commissioners flew in from across the globe to provide attendees with information regarding the funds, financial incentives and services essential for film and television production.

Wednesday, 24 July 2013 09:34

L.A. Hosts AFCI Locations Show

logoThe Association of Film Commissioners International (AFCI) recently held their annual Locations Show at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Film commissioners flew in from across the globe to provide attendees with information regarding the funds, financial incentives and services essential for film and television production.

Tuesday, 12 February 2013 18:23

JVC’s New GY-HM650 Video Camera

jvc1Express Video Supply and Videotape Products, Inc. recently hosted an event to introduce JVC’s new GY-HM650 professional video camera to the Hollywood, Calif. market. Held at the Containment Field Studio in North Hollywood, the event gave camera operators and industry professionals with a specific interest in mobile newsgathering an up-close look.

Since you’re reading this letter, we can assume that you’re alive and well with an eye on production as we dive into 2013. And if you receive P3’s weekly e-newsletters and digital editions, you belong to an elite readership interested in preproduction, production and postproduction. P3 has always been dedicated to helping you tell your story, and no other publication has had the impact we’ve had in introducing the next wave of production. We’re happy that you’ve stayed on board with us in 2012 and we look forward to keeping you updated in 2013.

As you are aware, digital media has had a dramatic effect on how publishers communicate with their readers. The Internet and a plethora of mobile devices and tablets have changed the way information is received, and P3 Update has taken a leadership role by going all digital. This move has helped us gain more international readers, as they’re keen on staying updated about the new technology, locations, equipment and support services that will help them to get their productions made. They also want to learn from the Hollywood production professionals and international filmmakers that make entertainment for global consumers. 

The P3 Update staff and I applaud our readers for pursuing the dream of storytelling. We thank you for your dedication and look forward to a successful year ahead.

Warm Wishes,

James Thompson

Friday, 30 November 2012 10:43

Sony Introduces Two New 4K Cameras

img_2301Sony Electronics Inc. recently held a pleasurable event to celebrate the future of 4K and the launch of the company’s newest 4K cameras. Held at Sony Pictures Studios, the event welcomed filmmakers and other production professionals that are interested in a 4K workflow. The attendees were among the first to see Sony’s new 84-inch TV that will allow consumers to view 4K resolution. Sony Electronics President/COO Phil Molyneux first witnessed 4K technology in Japan. “[I] saw the future there right in front of me,” he reported. “When [consumers] see 4K content on our 4K TVs, they will be stunned.”

Sunday, 23 September 2012 06:00

IBC 2012 Revisited



The city of Amsterdam in the Netherlands was once again an ideal setting for IBC2012. Broadcasters and filmmakers from around the world gathered to discuss technology and trends that will ultimately transcend how consumers will be entertained. The location was beautiful and the weather perfect, and everything from the traffic to each IBC event flowed seamlessly.

The attendance figures for this year’s event at the RAI Exhibition and Congress Centre were reported to be an impressive 50,937.

Saturday, 22 September 2012 06:00

Cine Gear: Hollywood Technology Showcase



The 2012 Cine Gear Expo created the perfect setting to showcase the newest tech tools that are changing the way film and television content is captured. Industry leaders lent their voices and equipment manufacturers paraded their wares at Paramount Studios in Hollywood to provide a complete education on the current state of the industry.

Tuesday, 08 May 2012 13:11

Did you catch P3's April issue?

If you haven't already done so, be sure to check out the April issue of P3 Update.


The Hunger Games is making quite a stir at the box office — it’s currently the top-grossing film of the year, taking in over $250 million in just 10 days. The popular film was a winning collaboration for Filmmaker Gary Ross and Cinematographer Tom Stern, ASC, AFC who both decided to shoot this futuristic story on film stock rather than with the many digital cameras now available. The April issue of P3 Update has the inside scoop on the making of The Hunger Games as we talk with Stern about his tricks of the trade and the challenges of lighting and shooting an action-based story on location in North Carolina.
We also focus on future with “From 3D to 5D Production of Live Sports in the U.S.,” which explores how 3D technology is creating better ways to capture live-broadcast footage that can be viewed anywhere. New technology incorporates 2D and 3D rigs so camera operators can still do what they do best — shooting great live-sports action — while productions save valuable space in live-event arenas. And the Cameron/Pace Group’s “Shadow D” rig is reshaping how live 3D content is captured.
P3 sits down with acclaimed Filmmaker Martin Scorsese to get his take on shooting Hugo, his very first 3D film. Scorsese takes us back to the beginning of moviemaking as he recounts the experience. We also go on location to the U.S. Virgin Islands to see the advantages that are available to filmmakers looking to shoot in the Caribbean. Many films have been shot on the lush islands of St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix, and now the advent of DSLR technology has local USVI filmmakers stepping up to create their own content. The U.S. Virgin Islands have a strong infrastructure and support system to tackle any size production, and they welcome the opportunity to help you to tell your story.
Our April issue also included a spotlight on the Midwest Region of the U.S. The states of Illinois, Indiana, Kansas and Missouri all offer professional local talent and other key advantages for visiting productions. And be sure to read this month’s Test Drive on third-party plugins and our Post Q&A with Technicolor Senior Digital Colorist Dave Cole, who discusses color correcting in a digital workflow environment.

I do hope you enjoy our April issue.

Monday, 12 March 2012 20:55

Check out February 2012

At this year’s Sundance Film Festival, I had an unexpected encounter with the representatives from Timberland, one of my favorite brands. While they had a room filled with their new clothing line, their conversation was all about saving the planet. As soon as I walked through the door, a sales rep asked me to make a pledge about making an environmental impact, while an energized spokesperson proclaimed Timberland as a very socially responsible company with the credo: “Every little bit makes a difference.” I immediately thought "Wow!” and proceeded to do my part. For every pledge Timberline received at Sundance 2012, the company planted a tree — and the world can be a much better place if we all pitch in. 

P3 Update’s recent decision to go completely digital certainly supports this endeavor. In fact, since you’re reading this right now, you’re already aware of the advantages of accessing data on your computer, tablet, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, BlackBerry or Android mobile devices. There’s really no need to destroy trees — we no longer need to print over 30,000 copies and mail them all over the world. And I’m sure you’ll agree that not only is digital data easy to read, it’s a new form of business communication and social interaction. For instance, if you like a product or service in this issue and want to learn more about it, just click on it and you’ll go directly to the manufacturer or service company Website where you will find out everything you need to know about their offerings. This protocol is the way of the future and the future is now.

This has been an important transition for P3 Update, and we are thrilled to get this first fully digital issue to our readers — and what an issue it is. In the February 2012 issue, you’ll find stories on 3D production and postproduction, including a look at the Cameron/Pace Group’s latest 3D effort, Director Wim Wenders’ take on his first 3D film Pina, and an understanding of the 3D process by Stereographer and 3D Artist Brian Gardner, an architect behind the art of stereoscopy. Spotlights in this issue include Western Canada and San Diego, Calif. as well as Cinematographer Jerzy Zielinski, ASC who discusses his latest film Private Peaceful. Also, be sure to read up on the filmmakers and service companies that recently ventured to Park City, Utah for the 2012 Sundance and Slamdance film festivals. 

I really hope you enjoy reading this new digital issue of P3 Update. Please email it to your friends or let them know about it through social networks. You can invite them to join the P3 Update community and subscribe to the magazine for free at www.p3update.com.

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